Top 10 Travel Tips that I swear by

  1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

When you are on holiday things go wrong and that can be the beauty of a great story. If you get wrapped up on an idea of perfection, then you can miss out on so much so go with the flow and embrace what happens and remember the crazy stories that come from it.

2. Get Lost (but not too lost)

The best way to explore a place is to wander about with no map and no GPS (although having one with you just in case can be wise) and seeing what the place you are visiting has to offer off the beaten track and you may find that you discover the most amazing or beautiful spot.

3. Take Many Photos

An amazing way to remember your trips is to take lots of amazing photos of the places that you have been. Think about what you want to look back at when you are older.

4. Don’t Get Stuck Behind Your Camera

In contrast to number 3 although it is good to have the memories sometimes, we forget to look at things with our own eyes as we are caught up behind a screen. Take a moment to take it all in and experience what you are experiencing.

5. Take a Spare Bank Card

I don’t know if you have ever been in the situation where you card is blocked, or you have lost it and then you are stuck without money. This is not something that you want to happen to you on holiday. Especially if you are a solo traveler so always take a spare and keep it somewhere safe. (I have a spare card in the back of my phone as I am never without that)6Have Photos of your Documents on Your Phone.

6. Take Photos of Your Documents

Although I hope it never happens to you that you lose a document and a photocopy, or a photo is not the same thing however when stuck with it or nothing at least you have all the information on it when looking for help.

7. Walk Around a Supermarket

Sometimes when you are travelling especially at length or in a culture very different from your own then it can be quite overwhelming and so finding a place that feels familiar can help for me it’s a supermarket.

8. Best Times for Seeing Tourist Attractions

There is much debate over the best times to see a tourist spot some people say early morning and some say lunch time, but I say at sunset or just before closing. It is instinctive to get up early and get on with your day and so the idea of having a long lie and then going to a place feels sort of wrong which means that other people are not doing it and you can get the place quiet.

9. Take Free Walking tours

If you are not sure what to do in a place or where to start either join a free walking tour as these guides work on commissions and so put on a really good show. There are also some good walking tour apps that you can follow on your own to see your way around a place. It will give you a base idea of where things are in a place to go from.

10. Find the right shoes

I can’t tell you how many pairs of shoes that I have bought when on holiday. The struggle of comfort Vs looking good was one I had for a long time and in the end, I decided that I would rather have comfort no matter what they look like. I have been a fan of Sketchers and Bobs to walk around in. However, for others it is something else and so you need to find what works for you. And you can always build your outfits around your shoes.

Author – Isla at Loving The Journeys